Coach Spotlight: Ryan Williams

Elisa Williamson

Blue & Gold Staff Writer

The soccer season has just begun, and Gulf Breeze High School (GBHS) is excited to see what the girls’ head soccer coach, Ryan Williams, has planned for the season.

Williams grew up in Joplin, Missouri until his junior year, when he and his family decided to move to Gulf Breeze. He had played soccer from a very young age, so he played on the boys’ soccer team at GBHS his junior and senior year. The team made it all the way to the State Semifinal game, his senior year. However, they lost to Tampa Jesuit, who would eventually win the State Championships.

After high school, Williams went to the University of West Florida (UWF). In 2004, he was asked to be an assistant coach on the Bayside club soccer team, that his little sister had joined. This was the start of his path to becoming the amazing girls’ soccer coach that he is today. He continues to coach for Bayside, and in 2016, he began coaching at the high school. A few years before this, in 2013, he got married to Bri Williams.

Soccer is the only thing that Williams has ever coached. However, he said, “I would be open to coaching at the rec level as my boys get older and start playing new sports.” He has two sons: Casen, who is five years old and Kye, who is four.

Outside of being a soccer coach, Williams enjoys all sports and likes to watch many sports games. He also has hobbies in woodworking, which he does in his garage, sporting clays, a sport of shooting clay pigeons, and spending time with his wife and son.

Junior Morgan Taylor is going into her third year of having Williams as her soccer coach and she spoke for the team by saying, “He always pushes everyone on the team to do their best, doesn’t take any slack and makes sure that we’re close as a team.” Williams has been a great contribution to the GBHS girls’ soccer team. He has helped many girls grow into better players, and he has big plans for this year’s season.